Monday, April 5, 2010

10th Mondegreens

  1. My husband always sings Blinded By the Light by Manfred Mann's Earth Band as “Blinded by the light, revved up like a DOUCHE, another runner in the night.” When really it’s “Blinded by the light, revved up like a DEUCE, another runner in the night.” (from Kim).
  2. Instead of "pour some sugar on me," I thought it was "pour some shook up ramen." I was young. We ate ramen noodles a lot at our house (from Heather).
  3. Dookie? Did she just say dookie? What a fall from cuteness my curly haired newly potty trained daughter has had. Every time she passes gas, "Dookie!" Wait...what? Cueme? Did you just say: "Cuse Me, Ooooh you mean excuse me?" Oh well, that's awesome, never mind (from K).
  4. When I was a kid, we had a tape (yes, cassette!) of Roger Whittaker's All-Time Heart-Touching Favorites, one of which was "Red Roses For a Blue Lady." Not only did I think he was singing about a woman who was *literally* blue, but I heard him sing "and if they do the trick / I'll hurry back to pick / your best wide-open forger wedding gown." I had no idea what "forger" might mean but I pictured a dress with a deep v-neck down to the waist. Turns out he was singing "your best white orchid for her wedding gown."(from E).

Monday, March 29, 2010

9th Mondegreens

  1. I have always thought the lyrics to "She'll be Coming Round the M" were, "she'll be riding 65 horses when she comes." I was very surprised to find out it was "she'll be driving 6 white horses when she comes." I guess it would be hard to ride 65 horses (from Rian)!
  2. When the Goo Goo Dolls released "Name," I had just gotten into birdwatching, so naturally I heard "And now I call them puffins / I never knew their name," rather than "And now we're grown-up orphans who never knew their name." I sang this for years, always thinking that the Goo Goo Dolls were so cool for giving puffins a shout-out in their lyrics (from Ellen).
  3. My college friend and I had 2 dogs, who were best friends as she and I were. One day she said she couldn't go for a hike with the dogs because she had to get Shasta "dick-tipped" -- she meant to say Tick Dipped (from Andrea).

Friday, March 26, 2010

8th Mondegreens

  1. When I was four or five my favorite song was 'Hit Me With your Best Shot' because my name is Beth and I thought the song was 'Hit Me with your Beth's Shot'. I thought everyone was really into seeing how strong I was (from Beth).
  2. My favorite misheard lyric came from years ago. I was a nanny for a 4 year old girl, and on the way to and from activities we would listen to the radio. One day, as she was in her playroom coloring, I heard her singing "Love Shack" by the B-52's. As I listened more closely I heard her singing "Mouth shut! Baby, Mouth shut!" (from Kristen).
  3. My two favorites were "Strained pepperoni all night long" (for Aerosmith's "Train Kept A-Rollin"), and "You live your life like a canary in a coma" for the Police's "Canary in a Coal Mine." (from Kara).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

7th Mondegreens

  1. Just this weekend, a friend on Facebook posted this lyric from Men At Work's Land Down Under "He was six-foot-four and full of muscles / I said, "Do you speak-a my language?" / He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich." For all these years, I thought they were singing "He just smiled and gave me a bite of my sandwich." I always figured the big guy stole the narrator's sandwich but gave him back a bite (from Holly).
  2. I sing "donuts make my brown eyes blue" all the time (from Aunt Misfit).
  3. My four year old niece thought "my bonnie lies over the ocean" was "my body lies over the ocean." When I corrected her, she said, "That doesn't even make sense. What's a bonnie?" (from Once a Mother).

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

6th Mondegreens

  1. In a was discovered that all these years, I thought Billy Ocean has been singing "Caribou Queen"...I had no idea (from Heather).
  2. My favorite mondegreen is one The Hubs misheard. "That's what a goat is cool for" as opposed to the actual lyric "That's what I go to school for" from the song of the same name by Busted (from Lynn).
  3. I have always enjoyed singing "Too Hard to Handle" by the Black Crows. I was belting it out the other day in the car with my hubby, when he died laughing and asked me what I just said. I was happily singing "Hey little thing, let me light your candle cause mama I'm sure the handy man gets around. Awww, The handyman!" (from Kristin)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

5th Mondegreens

  1. In the huge corporate complex I used to work in, bands would play at lunch in the summer. There was a swing band playing one day, and when my boss came in from listening, she said, "OH, Angie, you missed a great band today. They played the Drunk Driving song." I was sort of horrified. And she began singing, "Drunk drivin' with a whale." And I said, "With a whale? You mean, jump jive an' wail?" "Yeah, that song. The Gap song. Whatever." Because you know, songs about drunk driving with a marine mammal make a whole hell of a lot of sense (from Angie).
  2. My friend was surprised to find out the band's name is "Hall and Oates", and not "Haulin' Oats." (from Kim).
  3. ZZ TOP, "Sharp Dressed Man"--yea, Ive always thought they said, "Shy cat play." (from JJ).

Monday, March 22, 2010

4th Mondegreens

  1. When I first heard Paula Abdul's song, "Opposites Attract," for some reason I thought she was singing "Opposite Subtract." Cuz like... the opposite of subtracting would be adding, and umm... you can add one person to another and make a couple? I have no idea (from Kitty).
  2. The other was misheard by a friend of mine - she thought Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young" was "Only the good Tyrone." It's fun to rock out to either way (from Kitty).
  3. For a long time I thought the lyrics to Toto's song went like this: "I was born in the land of the sun and the talking grass..." instead of "and the tall green grass". Blimey when I found out my mistake (and it sort of ruined the imagination I had of the "talking grass," which I thought was magical)! (from Amel).
  4. I thought the song "Voices Carry" by Til Tuesday went: Oh Josh, keep it down now, it's so scary. I assumed it was about a woman singing to a man named Josh. And they were involved in some sort of horror-inducing situation. I did not learn the real words to this song until I married a man named Josh and he was horrified when I sang it to him, thinking I was suave that I had found a song with his name in it. I wasn't (from Mel).